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Inside the new Graduate hotel, home to Palo Alto's first rooftop bar

Original post made on Mar 9, 2023

In its reincarnation as Graduate Palo Alto, the former President Hotel aims to be an upscale homage to all things Stanford, from its extensive cocktail menu at two on-site bars to portraits of Stanford celebrities in guest rooms.

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Posted by Kevin
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Mar 9, 2023 at 5:18 pm

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After throwing the residents of the President Apartments out of their homes, this is a place I will never patronize.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 9, 2023 at 5:43 pm

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As has been remarked by many, no plans to darken their doors after they evicted 84 moderate income residents and now we're stuck paying to bring moderate income residents downtown.,

Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 9, 2023 at 10:15 pm

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I'm looking forward to spending time at the rooftop bar. (as soon as it stops raining!)
My husband and I had drinks in the bar. Very nice! The lobby is beautiful!

Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 10, 2023 at 10:41 am

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As inviting as a roof-top bar is, it is hard to embrace this particular one b/c of the high price that was paid by the former tenants. And the double-speak coming from City Hall about affordable housing inventory. As for the names of the drinks - risky business to name anything after a president these days. I guess the owners weren't informed of Palo Alto's recent history with name changes.

Posted by Marley
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 10, 2023 at 1:08 pm

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Posted by MikeMor
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 13, 2023 at 10:52 am

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Posted by Noley
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 13, 2023 at 5:28 pm

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I look forward to seeing how this goes.

Posted by Peter Venkman
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Mar 13, 2023 at 8:42 pm

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The new Graduate hotel restored an historic building in desperate need of renovation and improved infrastructure. The conversion to apartments indicated the decline of the building and the trajectory of an old building with deferred maintenance leads directly towards demolition. The eventual demise of the building would only provide unsafe housing and finally displaced residents.
Ill will towards The Graduate does not resolve housing issues and is contrary to the positive economic impact the hotel provides through employment, enhancing vitality of University Ave and tax revenues for the city.
The issue of low income housing is greater than one building and derision of this one location is a distraction from the very real issue of housing.

Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 14, 2023 at 8:44 am

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I agree with Peter Venkman. The historic building was completely renovated and is now beautiful. The old building could have been torn down and replaced with an office/retail building similar to 429 University Ave. The former property owner Of the President Hotel had no intention of turning the building into an updated apartment building. And believe me, updated apartment units would never have been affordable!

Posted by fred
a resident of University South
on Mar 14, 2023 at 4:34 pm

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This building was built as a hotel and defaulted to low-income housing because of lack of investment of the owners. We can generate a lot of low-income housing in the city by encouraging deterioration of the housing stock.

Posted by rsmithjr
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 20, 2023 at 4:43 pm

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This piece of history has probably been saved for some time. I think it likely that another developer would have torn it down for more office space without regard to history.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 20, 2023 at 4:50 pm

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I think there are Graduate hotels in other cities with universities. It’s fine and legal.

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